Sonia Astacio Downs Band: Infusing the Blues with Afro-Latina Heritage

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Wed, Jul 31, 2024

Sonia Astacio Downs Band: Infusing the Blues with Afro-Latina Heritage

Sonia Astacio, an emerging figure in the Chicago Blues scene, graces renowned venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends, Blue Chicago, Kingston Mines, and Rosa’s Lounge. A Chicago native born to a Dominican-American family, she discovered her passion for music through singing in church. Initially captivated by Jazz, Sonia's musical journey shifted after experiencing the Blues performances of Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones. Infusing her Afro-Latina heritage, she brings a unique touch to Blues standards in Spanish. Leading The Sonia Astacio Band, she delivers a live performance that mirrors her Chicago upbringing as a black Latina.